A pale green jade 'phoenix' belt-hook Qianlong

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Lot 74
A pale green jade 'phoenix' belt-hook
Qianlong

Sold for HK$ 213,125 (US$ 27,230) inc. premium
A pale green jade 'phoenix' belt-hook
Qianlong
The pale green stone superbly carved with the head of a phoenix forming the hook with the crest terminating in a ruyi-head, the broad arched shaft carved in high relief with a pair of finely-detailed wings, the outstretched tail feathers elegantly curled in various directions, the underside with a round knob.
11cm (4 1/4in) long.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 青玉雕鳳帶鉤

    Provenance:
    Timothy Allan Lewis (1937-2004) and Fran Lewis, Melplash Court, Dorset
    Duke's, Reflections of The Orient, Melplash Court, Dorchester, 23 September 2010, lot 1030
    Marchant, London

    Exhibited, Published and Illustrated:
    Roger Keverne Ltd., Fine and Rare Chinese Works of Art and Ceramics. Summer Exhibition, 2011, no.97
    Marchant, 90th Anniversary Exhibition: Ninety Jades for 90 Years, London, 2015, no.28

    來源:
    英國多賽特郡Melplash Court莊園劉易斯夫婦舊藏
    英國多切斯特Duke's拍賣行,2010年9月23日,拍品編號1030
    倫敦Marchant

    展覽、出版及著錄:
    Roger Keverne有限公司,《Fine and Rare Chinese Works of Art and Ceramics. Summer Exhibition》,倫敦,2011年,編號97
    Marchant,《玉器九十,90週年特展》,倫敦,2015年,編號28

    Phoenix-headed jade belt-hooks are rare. Such carvings follows that of earlier times as exemplified in a jade belt-hook with design of a phoenix-head, Tang dynasty or later, illustrated by J.C.Y.Watt in Chinese Jades from Han to Chi'ing, New York, 1980, p.194, no.185; see also three jade belt hooks with phoenix-head designs, Yuan or Ming dynasty, illustrated by J.Rawson, Chinese Jade from THe Neolithic to the Qing, London, 2002, p.346, fig.1.

    青玉質,青潤透瑩,鉤首圓雕鳳頭,圓喙下鉤,浮雕眉眼耳羽,如意冠後伏,鉤身雕兩翼拱起作棱形,羽翼之上浮雕淺刻鳳紋,有上古遺風,尾分七羽,捲作如意形,鉤背光素,惟陰刻兩道。

    鳳作帶鉤並不少見,然多見於鉤首而已,如一件定為唐或更晚的鳳手玉帶鉤,著錄於屈志仁,《Chinese Jades from Han to Chi'ing》,紐約,1980年,編號185,頁194。大英博物館藏有三件元至明的鳳首帶鉤也可比較之,見J.Rawson著,《Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing》,倫敦,2002年, 頁346,圖1。
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